Solskjaer salutes super subs
Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paid tribute to Fraizer Campbell and Craig Noone after the two substitutes combined to help steer their side to a 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round win at Bolton.
Solskjaer, whose team face his old club Manchester United away in the Premier League on Tuesday, made five changes for this contest, opting to rest the likes of Steven Caulker, Gary Medel, Noone and Campbell by dropping them to the bench.
But following a poor first half at the Reebok Stadium, the Norwegian opted at the interval to throw on the latter pair.
And it swiftly paid off, with Noone crossing and the ball finding its way to Bolton goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, whose fumble allowed Campbell to slot it into the net.
When it was put to him that it had been an inspired substitution, Solskjaer said: "Good players!
"Good players make an impact and the two of them are good players. It was a great finish by Fraizer and another one of those runs by Nooney.
"It was probably our best move of the day and it was an instinctive finish by Fraizer, so I'm very happy with that."
Solskjaer admitted he had been mindful going into the meeting with Championship outfit Bolton of the clash with United, as well as Saturday's home league encounter with Norwich.
"It is obviously an important part of the job to pick the right team from the start and think what you are going to do with your subs," he said.
"We have a game on Tuesday and on Saturday, and obviously they were in the back of my mind.
"That is why I picked the team I did today, and we gave those two lads (Noone and Campbell) half a game's rest.
"I thought it was the right time to put them on because I thought Fraizer would be able to run down the channels, and we just needed a change.
"In the first half we did well in terms of possession, but I don't think we had many shots on goal. We didn't really threaten them in behind, so something had to happen."
Bolton boss Dougie Freedman was left to rue missed opportunities.
"Going forward we created three or four half chances so we've got to try and take those," Freedman said. "That's a little bit disappointing.
"At half time Cardiff changed things up in an attempt to try and break us down. They were able to bring on two very good attacking players in Fraizer Campbell and Craig Noone.
"That was probably the difference today, when we got in and around their box we just didn't quite have the quality to properly work their goalkeeper.
"Unfortunately, we made one error at the back and that was the only thing we really did wrong all game. I feel that was what proved decisive."